AN INVITATION FOR GANG SPECIALIST PRESENTERS:
Dear Gang Specialist:
The NGCRC cordially invites you to consider making a presentation at the 2017 Twentieth NGCRC International Gang Specialist Training Conference (August 7-9, 2017 at the Westin Hotel). The 2017 event is going to be a major event, as the NGCRC celebrates a decade of successful gang training. There will be some new and wonderful events at the 2017 NGCRC Conference, you will want to be a part of it. Perhaps doing so as both an attendee, plus being a presenter too.
This is your formal invitation to submit one or more “session proposals”. What makes you particularly competitive as a potential presenter is of course the fact that you already know the NGCRC training conference format. So you pretty much know how we do things.
To help you get started, below, please find a "Session Proposal Form". It is simple, there are only a couple things we need on the form. The most important is going to be the topic and the abstract. We encourage you to think creatively. We can also help you if you want it: we can help you with picking a topic, or with finalizing a topic. To get help, just call (708) 258-9111 and ask to speak to someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee. Or leave a number, and someone will call you.
The NGCRC supplies the following equipment to all training rooms and thus to all presenters: an LCD or data projector. We do not supplie laptop computers. You must bring your own laptop to connect to the LCD projector. The NGCRC also supplies a screen, work or equipment table, and a power strip. Overhead projectors are not provided.
You can also get help with “creative ideas” for a new session proposal. We already know what some of the “need areas are”, so you can get good feedback and counseling from the NGCRC on the type of session that will be “popular” and well attended in 2017. We can do this interactively with you on the phone, again, just call (708) 258-9111 and ask to speak to someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee. Or leave a number, and someone will call you. You will find more information about the call for presenters below. Note: The call for presenters will likely end early this year, as we had over N = 130 different sessions in the 2016 program. So act now if you are interested.
George W. Knox, Ph.D.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS FOR THE 2017 NGCRC 20th INTERNATIONAL GANG SPECIALIST TRAINING CONFERENCE:
This is an official invitation for you to be a presenter at the 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist Training Conference to be held in Chicago, August 7-9, 2017 at the Westin Hotel Michigan Avenue.
You want to act quickly on this invitation to become a presenter at the 2017 NGCRC conference. We are planning on some new and exciting events this year. You want to become a part of this exciting 2017 Conference. Please note, though, that no financial incentives of any kind (including waiver of registration fees) can be offered. Presenters will be expected to be registered for the conference, unless special arrangements are made.
You are cordially invited to submit a session proposal for the 2017 NGCRC gang training conference. You are allowed to submit and present more than one proposal.
The presentations may vary in length from a minimum of one hour to a maximum of three hours. Most sessions are one or two hours in length. You will need to select a title that accurately reflects what people will learn in the session; you need to specify how long the session will last in duration; you need to decide which “tracks” your session will give credit for; you need to provide a short “abstract” or description of what the session will cover; and you need to provide a short "bio" about yourself.
The "Session Proposal Form" is provided below for your use. Please follow that as a template or guideline. Feel free to call if you have questions (call 708-258-9111, just ask to speak with someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee).
If there was a topic you wanted to consider for a session, but you needed some information or clarification: then again, you are encouraged to call any time in this regard ---- for example, just to “run an idea” up the flag pole, would a certain topic be useful at the conference, etc. While the NGCRC is very good at nurturing new presenters, we are not able to offer you any type of financial assistance. Note: The call for presenters will end shortly.
Your proposal(s) will be evaluated by the 2017 Curriculum Committee. We are usually able to get back to you with a decision in ten (10) days. You can use the form below or a facsimile of this form to submit your session proposal.
Call for Presenters:
2017 NGCRC Conference Session Proposal Form
(Worksheet and Outline)
Title of Your Session:_________________________________________________________
Duration of Your Session in Hours:_______________ hours
Any restrictions on who can attend? ___Yes ___No (if Yes, who do you want to restrict this to___________)
What Track(s) Will This Session Fit Into?_________________________________________
Abstract (describe what people will learn in your session, about 100-150 words)
Bio (describe your credentials, achievements, 100-150 words)
Please submit your session proposal soon, call if you have any questions. Fax it to: (708) 258-9546 and then mail it to make sure we get it: NGCRC, 2017 Curriculum Committee, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468. Warning: The call for presenters will close early this year.
Here is one sample of a session from a previous NGCRC conference, note the format has a “gang” issue in the title; gives a duration; specifies what tracks the session will be useful for (feel free to call about this if you need help: call 708-258-9111, just say you want to talk to someone from the Curriculum Committee).
"Gangs and Extremists in the American Workplace and Military: A Current Assessment", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.
Duration: Two (2) hours
Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs in the Military.
Gang member infiltration of American occupations now includes legitimate businesses/corporations as well as military careers. Gang life on many military installations is now common as gang members move with parents in the military from place to place helping disseminate gang culture. Some so-called super gangs (e.g., Gangster Disciples) encourage military ties for gaining access to weapons and training. This security concern with gangs in the American workplace and military is legitimate given present day terrorist linkages. This segment will seek to enlighten security and law enforcement professionals on the emergent threats posed by street gangs and extremist groups who are increasingly entering mainstream occupations and the armed services.
Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM).
THE NGCRC IS NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND TO PRESENTERS:
This is a longstanding policy, but needs to be formally declared in writing when dealing with the issue of invitations for presentations. Please be advised that the NGCRC is not able to provide any financial assistance of any kind to presenters. The NGCRC does not ask for any government subsidy, and thus no funding is available to assist presenters along these lines. The NGCRC treasures the intellectual freedom it has in addressing the kinds of issues it addresses, and it may not be able to offer some of its curriculum features with government subsidies or there could be a disadvantageous expectation from government funding that relates to our current “independence”. The NGCRC by making this invitation for session proposals specifically declares that this it is not able to provide any kind of financial assistance, subsidy, allowance, fee, honorarium, per diem, travel, or reimbursement of expenses, etc for such persons make presentations.
TOPICS WE REALLY NEED PRESENTERS FOR:
"How To 'Gang Proof' the School Zones in Your Jurisdiction".
"How to Achieve Pure Primary Gang Prevention in the School".
"Zero to Low Cost Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Services You Can Offer in Your Jurisdiction".
"Innovative Techniques for Interviewing Gang Members and Gang Associates".
"What We Really Need for Gang Prevention Laws in the Next Decade"
"The Use of the Polygraph in Gang Interviews/Debriefings".
"What We Really Need for Gang Investigation Skills in the Next Decade"
"How to Start a New Gang Renunciation Program in Your Correctional Facility".
"How the Federal Wiring Process Works for Getting Federal Grants and Funding for Your Gang Prevention/Intervention Program"
"New Technology to Fight the War Against Gang Violence".
"Dealing With Gangs on the Reservation"
"An Analysis of Native American Gangs" .
"Advanced Gang Identification About Crips"
"Advanced Gang Identification for Blood Gangs".
"New Laws that We Really Need for Gang Prosecution in the Next Decade"
"How to Monitor the Internet Sites Related to Your Community That May Have Gang Shout Outs and Gang-Related Activity (Recruiting, Gang Message Boards, etc)"
"New Policies/Procedures We Need in Corrections to Deal More Effectively With Gangs/STG in the Next 10 years".
"Things that Work and Don't Work in Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities"
"How to Effectively Use Anonymous Cash Rewards for Solving Cold Case Gang-Related Crimes".
"New Policies/Procedures We Need in K-12 Public Schools to Deal More Effectively With Gangs in the Next 10 Years".
"How to Start a New Faith-Based Gang Prevention/Intervention in Your City".
"How to Increase Respect for the Law Among At-Risk Youths and Gang Members"
"How to Implement a Gang Victim Assistance Program"
"Building Trust in Our Communities: Overcoming the Stop Snitching Gang Distrust Problem"
"How to Increase Ethnic, Racial and Cross-Cultural Tolerance Within a Gang or At-Risk Population"
"Gangs and Organized Crime Involvement in the Sale of Body Parts"